Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan is a town that really swings — especially if you're a Glenn Miller fan. The famous band leader spent his high-school years in this farm-ranch community on the eastern plains of Colorado.

Jet skiing at Jackson Lake State Park near Fort Morgan
Fishing at Jackson Lake State Park near Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan
Morgan County Tourism
300 Main St., Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Fort Morgan, which lies on the old Overland Trail, offers a good look at the agricultural history of the state. There's the Fort Morgan Museum, which tracks the area's history from the Pawnee and other Native Americans to the settlement by farmers and ranchers who found the plains good for grazing and raising wheat.

If you're a bridge buff, be sure to stop and admire the Rainbow Arch Bridge just north of town. It's a rare example of this style of bridge architecture, and spans the Platte River. Or take a walking tour of historical downtown Fort Morgan to imagine what live was like in the days of yore.

Other options for entertainment include the I76 Speedway, Quail Dunes Golf Course, nature trails at Riverside Park, and performances and art galleries at the Center for Arts & Enrichment

From town, take the Pawnee Pioneer Trail scenic and historic Byway north to the Pawnee Buttes, which were the setting in James Michener's classic novel of Colorado, Centennial. Hike the trails of Pawnee National Grassland and marvel at the wide open spaces. Bring your fishing pole and try your luck at Jackson Lake State Park.